efficacy
Pronunciation
  • IPA: /ˈɛf.ɪ.kə.si/
Noun

efficacy (uncountable)

  1. Ability to produce a desired effect under ideal testing conditions.
    • 2005, Flay et al. Standards of Evidence: Criteria for Efficacy, Effectiveness and Dissemination DOI: 10.1007/s11121-005-5553-y
      Efficacy refers to the beneficial effects of a program or policy under optimal conditions of delivery, whereas effectiveness refers to effects of a program or policy under more real-world conditions.
  2. Degree of ability to produce a desired effect.
    • 1996, Moskovich, Patent application PCT/US1996/003658
      Toothbrush with improved efficacy
    • 2016, Wikipedia entry for "vaccine efficacy", as of 2016
      Vaccine efficacy is the percentage reduction of disease in a vaccinated group of people compared to an unvaccinated group, using the most favorable conditions.
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